What up, Water Workouts!!
Having spent a great deal of my summer unable to walk due to an injury, I had to find ways to keep moving even though I was on crutches. As soon as I was given the all clear to go in the pool, I chose this as my avenue to start my journey back to fitness! You may think of water aerobics, or working out in a pool as something your grandma might do! Maybe it wouldn”t be challenging enough for you, specially if your fitness level is high? Give it a shot – it’s a lot more tough than I anticipated – as well as a lot more fun!!!
There are many benefits to working out in the pool, as opposed to on dry land:
Increase muscle strength – Water is a flowing and constantly changing product of nature, and as such can be every unpredictable in its movements. Since water flows in multiple directions, the resistance in the pool can range from four to 42 times greater than air, ensuring the body’s muscles get a rigid workout. In fact, a study conducted in 2007 found that after 12 weeks of regular aquatic aerobic exercise, participants had made significant gains in strength, flexibility and agility.
Low-impact exercise – We may not often think of it, but the traditional impact we place on our joints during a “land workout” can be taxing. In water aerobics, the buoyancy of the water helps takes off some of the impact we tend to place on our body, due to our own water weight. In layman’s terms, our body’s is not subject to gravity in the water, therefore the impact our joints take on when, say, running in water, is not equal to the impact when running on land. This is particularly appealing to those with joint conditions such as arthritis or those currently undergoing physical rehabilitation.
Reduces blood pressure- Water resistance is not just a buoyancy feature to help work the muscles. In fact, the water pressure actually works with your blood as well and enables one’s blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body, effectively decreasing blood pressure and, in the long run, decreasing resting heart rate. This benefit means your heart is maintaining its productivity while putting less stress on your heart!
One of my favorite workouts to do was the kickboxing class I held at the gym, I just brought it to the pool and slowed the music down, but if you prefer a series of exercises to complete, check out this workout here.
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